Joe Bartmann | Stewarding Host Joe is a process designer, facilitator and community coach helping people on the prairie to lead inclusive dialogue and action that works. He stewards leadership capacity-building initiatives at a rural-focussed non profit called Dakota Resources as its VP of Community Innovation and runs a small process design shop called Weaver Co-design — while raising four daughters and a little bit of ruckus in rural South Dakota.
Keisha Blackman | Logistics Host Keisha supports the work of the Future Services Institute at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in a variety of projects and acts as a liaison in the work with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and local human service offices and tribes across Minnesota. Keisha handled many of the logistics to make this training possible... registration, facilities, travel, food, supplies, and more.
Michael Garner | Host Michael was raised on a 4th generation family farm near Atwater, MN. He has an extensive background in adult education and human resource development, combining his passion for helping others learn with his knowledge of implementing change and improvement frameworks in Olmsted County Community Services. Colleagues have endorsed him as "a highly effective 'translator' of complex ideas."
Beth Kallestad | Host Beth is an Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension with the Leadership and Civic Engagement team based in Southeast, Minnesota (Rochester). Her background is in nonprofit leadership carrying out organizational planning efforts and bringing partners together from government, businesses, and communities to develop strategies to improve water quality.
Jen Mein | Stewarding Host Jen is an Innovation Manager at the Future Services Institute at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She cultivates authentic engagement that invites diversity of perspectives into critical conversations, fosters creativity and innovation, and energizes motivated individuals and groups to experiment with new ways of working and leading. She is also a skilled harvester of conversations that matter.
Tuesday Ryan-Hart | Stewarding Host Tuesday is an expert in working with individuals and groups to develop new ways of thinking and working with entrenched issues as they make change in their organizations, systems, and communities. With deep understanding and practice in equity and justice, Tuesday uses methods that encourage participation, bringing together multiple stakeholders to take strategic action and get good work done.
Jodi Sandfort | Stewarding Host Jodi is a Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Academic Director of the Future Services Institute. Her research, teaching, and practice focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. Her career has been in professional consulting practice and academic posts. Isadora Tabue | Host Isadora is an Innovation Manager with the Future Services Institute at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, facilitating collaborative efforts centered on operationalizing equity and inclusion within public and nonprofit entities. She is passionate about eliminating barriers that hinder education, employment and economic advancement of individuals from communities of color.
As your hosting team, we have been building a field to help hold this work with you. It's a journey that begins months before the first day of our gathering. You'll likely notice it when you walk into the room the first day. You'll be stepping into an experience of being hosted and held in a learning environment where you get to step in and experiment with shared learning and insights. It is an opportunity for you to practice and grow in your leadership, and an honor for us to host you.
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